Julian Borger

Secret talks paved way for signing

GENEVA: The agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme was made possible by months of unprecedented secret meetings...

What does being a US ally mean?

With each leak, American soft power haemorrhages, and hard power threatens to seep away with it.

US spying a breach of law: Rousseff

NEW YORK: Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, has launched a blistering attack on US espionage at the UN general...

Obama accused of nuclear U-turn

Barack Obama has been accused of reneging on his disarmament pledges after it emerged the administration was planning to spend billions on upgrading nuclear bombs stored in Europe to make the weapons more reliable and accurate

Jolie and Hague: unlikely duo to tackle rape in war zones

KINSHASA (Congo): Several Hollywood actors through the years have tried to use their fame to change the world, or at least a government policy or two. And there has been no shortage of politicians who have sought to harness celebrity to push their policie

Iran strike on US drone shows peace is fragile

LONDON: A mid-air incident in which Iranian warplanes fired at a US surveillance drone has brought home how nuclear tensions and increased military hardware in a confined area can lead to a clash that could

US warns Israel against strike on Iran

WASHINGTON: US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the

UNHCR chief says agency lacks cash

THE UN’s high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, has said that his agency has less than half the money it needs to look after hundreds of thousands of Africans driven from their homes by conflict and forgotten by the international community, and

Britain reluctant to tangle with Iran

BRITISH reluctance to be a conduit for a US military buildup in the Gulf seems to have taken Washington by surprise but it demonstrates the lessons of Iraq are deeply etched in London.

Obama exploiting Arab spring, says Assange

NEW YORK: The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has accused President Obama of seeking to exploit the Arab spring revolutions for political gain, claiming Obama’s vocal support for freedom of expression had not

Haqqani decision timing surprises observers

LONDON: It was one of the paradoxes of the dirty conflict underway along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border that the Obama administration was far more willing to obliterate leaders of the Haqqani network with drone

Assad’s isolation is growing

LONDON: The defection of Syria’s ambassador to Baghdad marks the second time in a week that Bashar al-Assad has been deserted by a top ally, suggesting that the isolation of the Allawite core of the regime is accelerating, and that the conflict is sliding